The Texas Legislature recently voted unanimously to enact House Bill 1506, Texas' version of Mary's Law.
The bill establishes a statutory provision that allows a judge to order GPS monitoring of persons who are released on bond relating to domestic violence offenses, or at the time an emergency protection order is issued.
Under the law, local law enforcement is notified when the offender is within a court-specified radius of the victim.
"All available resources must be utilized in order to provide a higher degree of protection and peace of mind for those who are subjected to domestic violence," District 34 State Rep. Abel Herrero said. "Through this legislation, we are taking steps to further empower the courageous survivors of domestic violence who want to free themselves from their abusers."
Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa was the Senate sponsor of House Bill 1506.
Texas is now the 13th state to allow a domestic violence offender to be fitted with a GPS tracking device as a condition of bond or when a protective order is issued.
Mary's Law is named for Michigan resident Mary Babb, who was murdered outside her place of employment, by her estranged husband after filing a restraining order against him.